Saturday, January 28, 2012

Who Are The Splacists? Architects and Artists

Architects talk about their time at the Splacist Training Camp at MADE in Birmingham Novemeber 2011.

Splacism is a contemporary mode of practice proposed by Paul Conneally.Hannah Nicklin and Nikki Pugh.define a new set of ideologies taking forward Conneally''s vision of what splacism might and could be with the Splacist Manifesto.

Alison Hesketh from Feilden Clegg Bradley Studios talks about breaking the ice and her reaction to being asked to behave differently in public spaces:


Architects & Artists – Alison Hesketh from MADE on Vimeo.

Maddy Dring from Glancy Nicholls talks about how artists bring a freedom of thinking that can be useful for generating new ideas:

Architects & Artists – Maddy Dring from MADE on Vimeo.
Phil Howl of Howl Associates touches on changing clients perspectives of the value of bringing an artist onto a design team.

Architects & Artists – Phil Howl from MADE on Vimeo.

Dorthe Riis-Jones shares her experience of practising in Denmark where working alongside

Architects & Artists – Dorthe Riis-Jones from MADE on Vimeo.

Julia Kashdan-Brown talks about the importance of working with artists as a part of everyday working practice:

Architects & Artists – Julia Kashdan-Brown from MADE on Vimeo.

Tuesday, January 24, 2012

Fruit Routes Plant & Clebrate Weekend 18th & 19th February 2012

Time to get your strong shoes or boots on and join in the Fruit Routes Plant & Celebrate events across the weekend of 18th and 19th of February.

FRUIT ROUTES a project to develop loughborough university as an edible landscape

Fruit Routes is a work conceived, coordinated and actioned by artist Anne-Marie Culhane for Loughborough University working with Jo Hasbury, Sustainability Manager at LU.


This is what happened..


Harvest, Juice, Forage.

We spent our first days on site harvesting existing fruit trees and foraging across campus, breaking in the apple press, cleaning out the shed with the help of LOS and getting ready for Fruit Routes launch…


Bike, Play, Invite.

At Freshers Fair we set up a stall using the beautifully crafted Fruit Routes/Eat Your Campus bike trailer and the Jeux des Pommes. We were wonderful sandwiched between the boy scouts and the boy racers underneath two loaded apple trees! Freshers were introduced to the project and took part in games and activities relating to …you guessed it..local fruit.

photo Pawas Bisht


Share, Walk, Talk, Eat, Take part, Cook, Celebrate!

An interactive installation was created in The Shed. The Shed was inhabited each day by Anne-Marie Culhane and project assistant Miriam Keye. People were invited to take a seat and taste, share, eat and drink fruit and plants harvested on the campus as well as contribute their ideas to the project and share knowledge on a map of the campus fruit trees. A big hit were the fruit leathers and the elderflower, rosehip, gingko, nettle and limeflower teas.

photo Bob Levene

A daily walk and talk along the first Fruit Route took place on all three days attended by a rich mix of local people of all ages, university staff and students. We identified and discussed some of the wild and edible plants growing along the first fruit route and visualized where the new planting of a wide variety of fruit, nuts and berries would be. The talk was punctuated with thoughts and open questions about the artistic, political and ecological context for the route.

Each day, apples and pears harvested on the campus were distributed to unusual locations all over campus and beyond by the Fruit Routes projects bike trailer and project team for people to eat, share, offer to others or text us about… see blog post incoming pommes

photo by Pawas Bisht

On Monday we hosted an event and discussion which focused on the relationship between artist and forager and artist as forager. This was co-hosted by Gillian Whiteley (Loughborough School of the Arts) Anne-Marie Culhane, Bob Levene (artist from Sheffield) and Paul Conneally (artist from Lougborough). We offered an open foraging task, asking participants to ‘walk without purpose’ out across the campus . The objects and thoughts they brought back with them were then used to mediate an artist led discussion. Our discussion roved across many fields including intentionality, attention, solitude, sharing, gifting, cultural foraging and personal histories.”

photo Bob Levene

On Tuesday Paul Paine from Ecoworks in Nottingham gave an inspiring talk about cider and fruit wine making . We then got to taste his delicious quince wine and cider as well as sampling some locally produced homebrewed cider donated by small scale producers in Quorn. We also gave a small talk to people who were interested in making fruit seasonal syrups and cordials including elderberry, rosehip, sloe and blackberry.

Wednesday evening the launch event was rounded up by Flora + Fauna Feast. Each person was invited to come along representing another member of the biotic community who would be part of the Fruit Routes. The food and drink was locally sourced and foraged. The event was attended by a woodlouse, a bumble bee, mycorrhizal fungi, two ladybirds, a herring !, a lion ?, a fly, a pipistrelle bat and the promise of spring. The evening was a rich weave of shared stories, songs, dance, sounds and objects representing and celebrating some of the many other living creatures who will inhabit the Fruit Routes with us.


Chutney and Jam making event…in collaboration with LOS…look out for more details

Fruit Routes I -Tree Planting and Mid-winter celebration FEBRUARY 2012

Contact me for more info. on how to become part of Fruit Routes and make LU an edible campus.

The Fruit Routes project is devised and co-ordinated by Anne-Marie Culhane working with Jo Hasbury, Sustainability Manager at LU. The Fruit Routes launch project team was AMC, Miriam Keye and Jo Salter.

Many thanks to Landscaping Our Society, Gillian Whiteley, Bob Levene, Paul Conneally, Dale M Shields, Laura Wild, Environmental Champions, Paul Paine, Marian and John Culhane, Ruth McQueen and the support of the Sustainability Team, Landscape team and Catering Team at LU.

Monday, January 16, 2012

KY Glasses - Sonar Goggles - 3D Glasses

Via Flickr:
Cabinet of spectacles that alter the way we view the world.

KY Glasses by artist Paul Conneally "See the world through KY Gel"

Sonar Goggles by artist Nikki Pugh

3D Glasses - from cinema chain

On the wall we see the Twenga 18 Knots by Paul Conneally and Gavin Wade

All on show at Paul Conneally's show The Blind Fiddler - Home Entertainment 1806-2012 at Snibston Discovery Museum

Wednesday, January 04, 2012

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Monday, January 02, 2012


mushrooms converting them into haiku

paul conneally